No objection if name revealed: Gang-rape victim's brother

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 02, 2013 13:00 hrs

New Delhi, Jan 2 (IANS) The family of the Delhi gang-rape victim has no objection if her name is revealed, her brother said Wednesday.

"We have no objection to revealing her name," the 23-year-old victim's brother told IANS over phone from Ballia in Uttar Pradesh. The family has temporarily shifted to its village from Delhi.

"We also have no objection if the (revised anti-rape) law is named after her," he said.

"It will be an honour for my sister," he added, four days after the young physiotherapy intern died in a Singapore hospital Dec 29.

"If it is announced (by the government) that the new law is being framed in her name than we have no problem."

Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor had tweeted Tuesday that the gang-rape victim should be named and honoured. Also recommending that the revised anti-rape law be named after her, Tharoor had added that this should all be done only if her parents have no objection.

The brother also said they were busy conducting the last rituals of the girl, who was cremated Dec 30 in the national capital away from public glare, exactly two weeks after she was brutally raped and tortured Dec 16.

Her 20-year-old brother said their mother, who had been in a state of shock and had to be rushed to hospital, was now "stable" and "taking some food".

The trainee physiotherapist was raped in a moving bus. She was robbed, stripped and then thrown out along with her friend on a cold Dec 16 night on the roadside. After her condition worsened, she was shifted to a Singapore hospital.

The brother, who wants to be an engineer, said the family was receiving help and support from the people in Ballia.

"We were not sure whether people in the village will come forward to help us. But when we reached here, we found that everyone was with us. They are coming forward to help us... they are behaving as if they have lost their own daughter," he added.

Remembering his sister, he said she was "free willed" and "wanted to be independent".

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